This morning was a bit sad. I decided it was time to winterize the last of the bikes. I had be delaying it in hopes that I might get to ride one of them again this year. I think that opportunity has passed. I did my wife’s bikes a while back. I’ll be on the Ural the rest of the winter.
Since I have five bikes, I keep them on a battery tender when not in use. I don’t get to ride each one every week, but I try. It also gives me a handle on the charging system.
When I plug the bike into the tender, it should start flashing green/orange right away to indicate that the charge on the battery is nearly full. If it stays on orange, then I know that there is a problem. After a couple minutes, the light should go to green to indicate that the battery is at full strength. It is a quick, easy way to keep track of many bikes.
My winterization routine is pretty simple. There are more elaborate things to do, but this has worked well for me so far.
1) Clean the bikes. this helps me find problems and detect leaks easier. Unfortunately, skipped this year. I’ll get back to it if it gets warmer.
2) Fill the tank with non-oxygenated gas (no ethanol), and add marine stabil to the gas tanks at the recommended dose. For example 1oz per 5 gallons. This keeps the tank from rusting (it’s full of gas, so moisture can’t get in) and won’t gum up the carburetors/injectors with corn residue aka ethanol.
3) Run the bikes for 10-15 minutes to make sure the stabil gets into the carbs/injectors. Usually, this involves a ride. (fun!) This year, I was late, so I just parked them in the driveway and ran them all at once. I got some strange looks with four bikes running. It did make a pretty cool racket. (video at end)
5) Put the bikes on stands or center stand if equipped. This keeps them more stable than just the side-stand. It also gets the tires off the ground; a long storage might cause a flat spot.
In the spring, I replace oil, anti-freeze, brake/clutch fluid, spark plugs, and air filter. I also check valves, chain, tires, bearings, etc to make sure the bikes are ready for a trouble-free season.
I made almost all of this video with my phone (Droid X). The editing was with my computer.